I like to think about giving a gift that one would not buy for themselves. Lovely pieces for the kitchen and home are always a welcoming treat. There are many beautifully crafted possibilities. Consider your recipient’s hobbies, interests, and aesthetic. Get creative and make it personal. Perhaps think about pairing the lovely paper napkins with a small floral arrangement or the pitcher and syrup accompanied with your favorite pancake recipe. They all are oh so perfect whether it is a small gesture gift or a celebratory gift. It just depends on the occasion.
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Linen Tea Towel, Alessi Tree Diffuser, Neutral Sky Candle, Petite Silo Pitcher & Syrup, Vintage Glasses, John Derian Paperweight, Black Burgundy Truffle, Ceramic Tree Ornaments, Bird Paper Napkins, Laguiole Cheese Knives, Wine O’s, Shibori Dyed Cocktail Napkins
Apple picking season is a true sign of Fall. What’s not to love about enjoying a couple of hours in the country to hand-pick apples? It is simply fun. You get to sample the variety of apples as you go along, climb ladders to pick your apples, indulge in cider donuts, sip apple cider, and perhaps take in a hay ride. You also end up bring home way more apples than you need. Then you worry about what to do with all those apples besides proudly displaying them in a pretty bowl. Check out Food52 for some inspiration that will get you peeling.
This year I have an apple goal, nailing the Dutch Apple Cake. It is all about nostalgia. This dessert connects me to a place and time. A true Dutch Apple Cake has more of a cake like crust rather than a traditional pie crust. It is the best piece of goodness to be accompanied by a latte that you will ever taste!
Take time to enjoy the season. Happy Fall and break out your favorite sweater to embrace the crisp clean air! xo isostilo
Always searching for entertaining dishes that can be made ahead for those hot summer nights. Pick up your fresh produce from your local farm stand to serve up the rainbow. Being able to have friends over with little effort is the goal but in all honesty nothing goes without effort and some prep. Here is a fab classic French platter that I will be giving a go to share with friends. Bring this lovely platter to any summer gathering for something to noche on. Try Goop’s Green Goddess dressing for a healthy alternative to the aioli. I also stumbled across a bright and light cocktail that can be sipped all summer long. Hydrating with watermelon sounds pretty perfect to me. I am also sharing a lovely list of 30 Rose`s to enjoy from Food & Wine. Time to trade in the red for all those lovely shades of pink. Cheers to summer!
images @ Food 52 and Epicurious